The Everlasting Rose
Camille must save Orleans in this high-stakes sequel to the instant New York Times bestseller.
Better than the first book, still not great
It’s better than The Belles, but not something I could ever recommend in good conscience. Thankfully, the author cut down on the constant & unnecessary location descriptions, and focused more on the plot.
The main character is written terribly. She acts idiotically (and it’s clear the author is trying to force us to believe it’s because Camille has such a big heart/cares too much) and puts everyone she cares about in jeopardy, while simultaneously claiming she’s trying to save someone/others.
The best books are those written starring characters we aspire to be like, or who act (based upon their background) realistically. Clayton writes her main characters as idiots who would have zero chance of success and zero chance of being entrusted with the weight of saving a kingdom. They do not act reasonably, and while a few moments of unreasonableness can be excused, this book takes the cake.
I will NEVER read another book written by her. If I see her name attached to something,I will avoid it. I did not see any true writing talent in the novel. Quite basic and generic.